Candidate profiles: Star Prairie Town Board
For Town of Star Prairie Supervisor
Background: 61 years old, 26-year resident of Town of Star Prairie
(34 in Somerset area.)
Education: Bachelor Chemical Engineering: U of MN / IT,
WITC – New Richmond.
Prior Elective Office: None.
Occupation: Owner Bake Star, Inc. specialty bakery equip. design & manufacturing. www.BakeStarInc.com
Reasons for running: I am running for this position because I have a concern for the needs of my fellow residents, to have a person on the Town Board who will look out for their interests. As I have gone door to door asking for their votes and listening to their concerns, I have found what most people want are better roads, keeping our rural nature and being treated by their elected officials with respect. I have the business, research background to stay up on the activities that the other levels of government that affect our community (so we don't keep getting blindsided) and the common sense to find solutions.
Public Service Experience: Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics; Jr. Achievement Mentor, Paint-A-Thon, Highway Cleanup, Mpls. Planning Council, Member Sons of the American Legion, Fraternal Organizations, ASTM: Sanitation Bakery Standards Board, WITC Student Senate/Alumni. Awards: 3M – Outstanding Contribution to the Community; Congress Mpls. Neighborhoods – Community Service Award.
Hobbies: Classic Car restoration (I have a '67 Pontiac Catalina Convertible that I am restoring), fishing, writing Science Fiction stories and inventing.
Issues: Neighbors need to know when building permits and other projects that affect them are considered. Although, I am a strong believer in personal property rights, there are exceptions where real governmental needs and effects cross property lines. With the I-36 Bridge set to open in 2017 this area will come into strong developmental forces, we need Board members committed to maintaining our rural nature.
Check out my Facebook campaign page for further information www.facebook.com/Gary-Hanson-for-Town-of-Star-Prairie-Supervisor.
Joe Schachtner, an incumbent member of the Town of Star Prairie Board, lives in Somerset and has worked several years at Andersen Corporation in Bayport, Minn., according to his Facebook page.
He is a graduate of Somerset High School and has been married to Patty Rivard Schachtner since February 1979